The benefits

Positively better

While much of the UK’s railway network hasn’t changed for over 100 years, the demand for rail travel has. So with the number of journeys having more than doubled in the past 20 years, the West Coast improvement works couldn’t be more well timed or beneficial.

More seats, more service

Rebuilt and restrengthened at key points along its route, the West Coast Main Line will be much better equipped to handle the demands of 21st century rail travel. So as well as quicker journeys on faster moving trains, that means more services, more seats and fewer delays for passengers.

Building better connections

A new and improved West Coast Main Line will carry more than just passengers – it’ll help bring growth too. Providing a better transport link between our cities and regions can only encourage more investment in the midlands and the North, creating new jobs and businesses as well as boosting local tourism.

Safer tracks for more reliable journeys

With the UK’s first railway being built back in 1804, some are now more than 200 years old. That’s why West Coast upgrades are so vital – to keep tracks safe and make journeys more reliable. So as the demand for rail travel grows, the network can grow to meet it.

Cleaner and greener

As a cleaner, greener way to transport people around Britain, trains are the lowest carbon option. Once completed, West Coast upgrades will further help reduce carbon emissions by allowing more trains to take more passengers, and more freight to go by rail rather than lorries.